Violin Concerto - Concentric Paths

(2005)

by Thomas Adès

Description
violin and chamber orchestra
Duration
20
Genres
Solo Instruments with Orchestra
Instrumentation
2(I&II=picc)22(I=Bb,II=A)2 - 3211 - perc(2): BD/low wood drum/SD/3 low drums of different pitches/tam-t/clash cyms/susp cym/small bongo/metal guero/wood guero/wdbl/cowbell/metal can/metal block - timp - strings (10.8.6.5.3)
Commission
Commissioned by the Berliner Festspiele and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director. Underwritten by Lenore and Bernard Greenberg
First Performance
4.9.05: Berliner Festspiele: Kammermusiksaal, Berlin: Anthony Marwood/Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Thomas Adès
Availability

score 0-571-53105-9 on sale, parts for hire

Programme Notes
Violin Concerto – “Concentric Paths” I Rings II Paths III Rounds This concerto has three movements, like most, but it is really more of a triptych, as the middle one is the largest. It is the “slow” movement, built from two large, and very many small, independent cycles, which overlap and clash, sometimes violently, in their motion towards resolution. The outer movements too are circular in design, the first fast, with sheets of unstable harmony in different orbits, the third playful, at ease, with stable cycles moving in harmony at different rates

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